The Georgia Bulldogs entered preseason camp last year with security at quarterback due to returning starter Jake Fromm but without much depth.
Former walk-on Stetson Bennett served as Fromm's backup, while 2019 early enrollee D'Wan Mathis was never cleared to play last season after undergoing surgery to have a cyst removed from his brain. Fromm stayed healthy and guided the Bulldogs to a third consecutive Southeastern Conference Eastern Division title, but he elected to turn pro in January and was a fifth-round pick of the Buffalo Bills.
Bennett and Mathis return to the quarterback competition as Georgia begins Kirby Smart's fifth preseason camp Monday, but there are also three new faces: early enrollee Carson Beck, Wake Forest graduate transfer Jamie Newman and Southern California transfer JT Daniels. Newman had a mild foot sprain and was limited for some of Georgia's summer access period, but he is back at full strength, while Daniels has yet to be cleared completely from the torn ACL he sustained in last year's USC-Fresno State opener.
"We're excited about all five of those guys," Smart said Sunday afternoon. "Those guys have done a really good job in their Zoom meetings of paying attention. We've only been able to walk through so far, and Jamie has done a good job of standing behind the huddle and standing behind the play, imaginary taking the snap and getting the mental reps.
"D'Wan has done a great job. Carson Beck has done a great job, and Stetson has done a great job. All those guys are really competing, as well as JT. They all have individual strengths. It's a competitive room, and each one of them have been in a competitive room before."
Smart added that Daniels has been able to "throw the ball and do some things" but that he will open camp in a brace.
Sophomore receiver Dominick Blaylock, the stepson of Chattanooga Lookouts co-owner John Woods, tore an ACL in last season's SEC championship game loss to LSU. He hasn't been cleared either but is doing straight-line running, Smart said.